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WIZARDS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Wizards rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal (left ankle sprain) will miss his fourth straight game, but coach Randy Wittman says he remains “day-to-day. It could be a day, it could be a week. We’ll just have to wait and see.” The third overall pick in the NBA Draft — and Washington’s leading scorer at 14.2 points per game — was injured on March 3 against Philadelphia. Third-year pro Garrett Temple makes his second consecutive start in Beal’s spot.
  • With Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (left shoulder sprain) out for the next 3-4 weeks, Shaun Livingston will fill in as the starter. Livingston, who was claimed off waivers from the Wizards on Dec. 25, is averaging 5.9 points and 3.4 assists in 31 games with Cleveland. “Shaun did an unbelievable job in the three games he started when Kyrie was out before,” coach Byron Scott said. “And I think he’ll do an unbelievable job for the next month.”
  • Irving suffered an acromioclavicular sprain Sunday in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 100-96 loss in Toronto. The NBA All-Star and reigning Rookie of the Year was hurt when he collided with Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas on a drive to the basket. Cleveland is 4-10 this season and 8-21 all-time without Irving. “Everyone understands they have to pick up their intensity and level of play without Kyrie,” Scott said.
  • The Wizards’ starters are point guard John Wall, Temple, small forward Martell Webster, power forward Nene, and center Emeka Okafor. Cleveland’s lineup is Livingston, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller.
  • Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi (appendectomy) is active for the first time since Feb. 20. The native of Israel was stricken with appendicitis on Feb. 23, just before Cleveland’s game in Orlando. Casspi has not played since Feb. 6 against Charlotte and has not scored since Jan. 22 against Boston.
  • Inactive for the Cavaliers are Irving and center Anderson Varejao (season-ending right knee surgery), while not in uniform for the Wizards are Beal and shooting guard Leandro Barbosa (left anterior cruciate ligament tear).
  • Cleveland is 2-0 against Washington heading into their third and final matchup tonight. The Cavaliers are seeking their first season sweep in the series since 1991-1992, when the Wizards were known as the Washington Bullets.

– Brian Dulik

WIZARDS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • The Wizards will start No. 3 overall draft pick Bradley Beal at shooting guard, while the Cavaliers have named No. 4 overall selection Dion Waiters their starter at the same spot. “They are two kids with obviously bright futures in this league,” Washington coach Randy Wittman said. “They will be successful for a long time.” Florida product Beal averaged 11.3 points and 2.5 assists in the preseason, while former Syracuse sixth man Waiters averaged 8.6 points and 2.1 helpers.
  • Center Emeka Okafor, power forward Trevor Booker, small forward Trevor Ariza, and point guard A.J. Price round out the Wizards’ starting lineup. “I like how this group developed from a defensive standpoint, which is why we’re going with them,” Wittman said. “Plus, by using JC (shooting guard Jordan Crawford) and Martell (Webster, small forward) off the bench, it gives us a big kick there.”
  • Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving — the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year — said he was very eager for the regular season to begin for two reasons. “We’re young, so we’re going to learn together, and the playoffs are our ultimate goal,” he said, breaking into a smile. “I’m also excited not to be called ‘Rookie’ anymore. That’s not my first name.”
  • The remainder of the Cavaliers’ starting lineup consists of center Anderson Varejao, power forward Tristan Thompson, and small forward Alonzo Gee. Swingman C.J. Miles, small forward Omri Casspi, shooting guard Daniel Gibson, and center Tyler Zeller are expected to round out their rotation.
  • Washington’s inactives are point guard John Wall (left patella stress injury), power forward Nene (left plantar fasciitis), and power forward Kevin Seraphin (right calf strain). Wall is expected to be out until late November, but no timetable has been established for Nene or Seraphin to return.
  • Point guard Jeremy Pargo and power forward Luke Harangody are Cleveland’s inactives, both as healthy scratches. Wizards point guard Jannero Pargo, who is in uniform, is Jeremy’s older brother. Jannero is 33, while Jeremy is 26.
  • The game officially tips off the 2012-2013 NBA season, beginning one hour before Miami hosts Boston. The lone other contest on the evening has Dallas playing at the Lakers.

– Brian Dulik

WIZARDS AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (gastroenteritis) will play and start. The NBA Rookie of the Year frontrunner had been listed as doubtful earlier in the day, but refused to sit out Cleveland’s home finale. “He wants to play tonight because of the fans,” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said. “That’s the only reason he’s going to be out there.” Top overall draft pick Irving is averaging 18.8 points, 5.5 assists and 1.08 steals in 50 games. Scott said Irving’s minutes will be limited, meaning Donald Sloan should see plenty of time off the bench.
  • Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (right ankle sprain) and power forward Trevor Booker (left plantar fasciitis) are out. Washington coach Randy Wittman added that both players are likely to miss the final game of the season Thursday against Miami. “Jordan tried to gut it out for the last 3-4 games, so it’s just not going to get better at this point,” Wittman explained. “We’ll also probably withhold Trevor the next two nights, as well.”
  • With Crawford out, Cartier Martin will start at shooting guard with Morris Almond as his backup. The Wizards signed Almond from the NBA D-League’s Maine Red Claws on April 16. “Jordan’s injury will give Morris an opportunity to play, which will be good for him,” Wittman said. The remainder of Washington’s lineup is point guard John Wall, small forward Chris Singleton, power forward Jan Vesely, and center Kevin Seraphin.
  • Cleveland’s starters are Irving, shooting guard Anthony Parker, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Antawn Jamison, and center Tristan Thompson. Scott said he also plans on taking a look at rookie swingman D.J. Kennedy, who was signed from the NBA D-League’s Erie BayHawks on Saturday. The Cavaliers enter the evening with 21 wins, which is tied with the Kings and Hornets for the third fewest in the NBA.
  • Washington power forward Andray Blatche (conditioning) and small forward Rashard Lewis (left knee soreness) are sidelined with season-ending injuries, as are Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (right wrist fracture), center Semih Erden (right ankle sprain), and shooting guard Daniel Gibson (left foot tendon surgery).

– Brian Dulik